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Offside (2006)

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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

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Jafar Panahi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Asarian Mohammad Asarian ... Shxyxn
Sima Mobarak-Shahi Sima Mobarak-Shahi ... First girl
Shayesteh Irani Shayesteh Irani ... Smoking girl
Ayda Sadeqi Ayda Sadeqi ... Soccer girl
Golnaz Farmani Golnaz Farmani ... Girl with tchador
Mahnaz Zabihi Mahnaz Zabihi ... Girl disguised as soldier
Nazanin Sediq-zadeh Nazanin Sediq-zadeh ... Young girl
Melika Shafahi Melika Shafahi
Safdar Samandar Safdar Samandar ... Soldier from Azerbaijan
Mohammad Kheir-abadi Mohammad Kheir-abadi ... Soldier from Mashad
Masoud Kheymeh-kabood Masoud Kheymeh-kabood ... Soldier from Tehran
Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi
Hadi Saeedi Hadi Saeedi ... Soldier
Masoud Gheyas-vand Masoud Gheyas-vand
Ali Baradari Ali Baradari ... Bus Passenger
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Storyline

"Offside" is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a big football match but some get caught and arrested. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums. Written by Kaaveh

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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was shot in Iran but its screening was banned there. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ey Iran
Lyrics by Hossein Gol-e-Golab
Music by Ruhollah Khaleghi
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Charming little film with subtle point
15 April 2007 | by samwagarSee all my reviews

In Iran, the Islamic Revolution has shaped all parts of life, including everyday things. But people still go on living their lives, generally just doing the things you'd expect, like go to soccer matches to cheer on the national team as it's in the running to qualify for the World Cup. Except women aren't allowed to go to the soccer stadium to watch the game.

A frequently funny little film follows the small group of women that were caught sneaking into the soccer stadium and the little group of bored soldiers assigned to guard them in a holding pen just outside the stadium. The absurdity of the situation, the simple wish of these women to cheer on the team (nothing subversive there), and little human touches about the lives of everyone adds up to quite a fine comment on humanity versus the ideology.

Amateurish acting, good script and dialogue, a really enjoyable film. Bend It Like Beckham, sort of - a warm heart and a joy in the daily interests and pleasures of people.


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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Hors jeu See more »

Filming Locations:

Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,003, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:

$180,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$561,692
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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